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Johann Heinrich Rau (abt. 1762)

Johann Heinrich (Heinrich) Rau
Born about in Darmstadt, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
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Volga German
Heinrich Rau is a Volga German.
Heinrich Rau has German Roots .

Family #12 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Johann Heinrich Rau was the son of Balthasar Rau of Darmstadt, Germany. His parents immigrated to Russia in 1766 when he was four years old. There is a Balzer Rau listed in the Kulberg Reports, and it appears to be a match with his father's name.

"Rau Balzer, Luth., farmer from Darmstadt, doc. No. 2411, wife: Maria, children: Heinrich 4, Anna, 9, Julianna, 6, Susanna, 1/6." [emphasis added] [1]

The family arrived in Russia on 22 July 1766 via the pink Lev. No ages are listed for Balzer and his wife Maria. There is no mention of the family in the Volga German Transportation List. The one other possible spelling of the name as Rausch is not a match.

His name appears in Grimm's first census in 1767.

1767 Grimm Census [2]

Family # 12
Head of the Household Balthasar Rau, age 35, Lutheran farmer from Darstadt
Wife Maria Rau, age 37
Child #1 Johann Heinrich Rau, age 5
Child #2 Johann Georg Philipp Rau, age 1 week
Child #3 Anna Margaretha Rau, age 12
Child #4 Julianna Rau, age 7

By 1775, he is no longer listed in the Grimm census with his father and siblings.

1775 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 94
Head of the Household Balthasar Rau age 45
Wife Elisabetha Rau, age 46
Child #1 Johann Philipp Rau, age 8
Child #2 Juliana Rau, age 16
Brother-in-Law David Lutz, age 23 [should be son-in-law]
Wife of Brother-in-Law Anna Margaretha Lutz, age 18 [should be daughter]

He would have been 13 years old, probably still too young to go out on his own or marry and live in another family. He most likely did not survive past 1774.


  1. Pleve, Igor, Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia, 2010; page 168, Balzer Rau.
  2. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Band 2, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 75, family #12, Balthasar Rau, 35, Lutheran farmer from Darmstadt. Wife: Maria, 37; son: Johann Heinrich, age 5; son Johann Georg Philipp, 1 week old; daughter Anna Margaretha, age 12, and daughter Julianna, age 7.
  3. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #94 in the 1775 Grimm census, Balthasau Rau family.

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